On April 7, 2011 four representatives from the CEA, Gayathri Aluviharre, Naomi Bloch, Rayness Mayne, and Harry Iceland, attended the first full-scale planning meeting for the October 16 World of Montgomery Festival in Wheaton. The meeting took place at the Midcounty Regional Services Center (which now houses the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity offices) on Reedie Drive in downtown Wheaton, overlooking the principal location of the Festival.
The meeting, chaired by Bruce Adams of the County Office of Community Partnerships, was attended by about 30 representatives from a variety of civic organizations and County offices that brought considerable enthusiasm, experience, and creative thinking to the discussion about how to design a bigger and better Festival with limited resources.
The CEA contribution to the Festival will involve working with international voluntary organizations, Sister Cities participants, and children’s activities with cultural diversity themes. The planning committee is encouraged to think big and thus CEA representatives are working on a number of ideas that will be discussed and presented in future blogs.
Post contributed by Harry Iceland